Hoshi Mamoru Inu
Stargazing Dog
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Hoshi Mamoru Inu

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Synonyms: Star Protector Dog
Japanese: 星守る犬
English: Stargazing Dog
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 4
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 22, 2008 to Jan 20, 2009
Genre: Slice of Life Slice of Life
Theme: Pets Pets
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Manga Action
Authors: Murakami, Takashi (Story & Art)


Score: 8.141 (scored by 89118,911 users)
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Ranked: #5032
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Popularity: #959
Members: 19,533
Favorites: 449


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Although abandoned as a puppy, Happy now finds himself fit as a fiddle in the care of Miku's family. He plays with the youngster, goes on walks with the effusive Father, and munches on yummy food prepared by Mother. As such, there is no doubt that he is having the time of his life. Unfortunately, when Father develops a chronic disease, the strong familial bonds in the household slowly deteriorate. Little by little, the family grows more disjointed—until there is no one but Happy and Father left. Unable to earn a living in his condition, Father resolves himself and his dog to one aim: to travel to the far south. There may come ups and downs in their adventures, but Happy will always remain man's best friend.

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Hoshi Mamoru Inu was published in English as Stargazing Dog by NBM Publishing on November 1, 2011. It was also published in Brazilian Portuguese by JBC in September 2014; and in Spanish by Ponent Mon in July 2013 and by Editorial Kamite on March 7, 2015.

A live-action drama movie of the same name was released in 2011.


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Dec 31, 2011
At 125 pages this is a very short but sweet manga. It is a beautifully told story seen through the eyes of a loyal dog, Happie. Don't be misled by the happy looking cover, the book packs an emotional punch and is extremely moving, one of the few books to get me teary eyed.

The book is actually in two parts, the longer piece being Stargazing Dog and Sunflowers, the short story which follows, acts as a sort of epilogue. I can't really go into much detail as it would spoil the story but it ties it up nicely making it a perfectly combined pair of ...
Jul 1, 2019
This story is truly one of the best works I have ever read. It manages to bring forth a sweet bitter feeling that reminds you life never goes the way you want it too, but that doesn't mean you can't change the world for the better along the way.

The story is a simple tale of a man going south with his dog. He's given up on life so he just gets in his car and starts driving. He has a faint idea of where he's going, but he just wants his problems to be over. His brings his last companion, his dog, with him on ...
Sep 16, 2017
Mixed Feelings
English is NOT my native language

Hoshi mamoru inu is a Japanese term used to describe a person who wants something impossible to have. This meaning comes from the dog that gazes up at the sky, as if it wishes the stars. In the end, we are all dogs, desiring something we can't have, unsatisfied with what we have.

With 125 pages long, Hoshi Mamoru Inu is a manga about an old man that lives a very simple life. After certain events, the man found himself with a car, a dog and a few bucks. It's a very simple story, with high emotional values. The second ...

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